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Mar 7, 2011 2:00am EST
, i do believe that america is exceptional, but i think it's important to examine the facts carefully to figure out just where we stand in today's world. america is indisputably number one by some key measures. we have the world's largest economy, military, scientist establishment, the biggest technology companies. we are just as indisputably falling behind in many other key areas. well behind other countries. let's take a look at some recent rankings. the united states is the fourth most competitive country in the world economically. good. we're only fifth best country in which to run a business. america's enrollment rate for elementary school, however, ranks 79th in the world. we're only 12th in the percentage of college graduates among rich countries. america's 15-year-olds are ranked 19th in science and 24th in math. our infrastructure ranks 23rd. we're 41st in the world on infant mortality, 49th on life expectancy. perhaps most worrying, america is no longer a place where anyone can make it. last year the oecs issued a study of social mobility across generations, basically that's
CNN
Mar 28, 2011 9:00pm EDT
operation odyssey door signal a major change in america's foreign policy in that region? tonight the great middle east debate for some of the top minds in the country, both sides of the aisle. senator lindsay graham, donald trump. congressman anthony wiener, p.j. crowley. former libyan ambassador, general richard myers. we begin tonight with cnn's ni k robertson live from tripoli. did anyone see the speech where you are? >> reporter: no one will have seen it on state television and there's been no comment on state television about it. they have chosen to broadcast a number of other things, reruns of political analysts putting forth the government position. but plenty of people you can be sure will have watched it on channels like cnn. they watch the international news organizations here, particularly anyone in the opposition because they don't trust the state media here because they don't get the full picture. but it's the middle of the night here so we really don't have reaction from anyone at the moment. certainly you can count on the fact that gadhafi will feel that he's dodged the bull
CNN
Mar 29, 2011 12:00am EDT
seemed possibly to be the admission by president obama that america would now be actively henning these rebels and presumably arming them in the process. what did you make of that development in this story? >> reporter: if that's the way this is going to take shape over the coming weeks and months, it's clearly going to be a very protracted affair, because the opposition really isn't in a place to face off against gadhafi's army, even if you neutralize the army, their heavy weapons, their superiority, and advantage on the battlefield, what would seem to be serving -- gadhafi's armed the tribes loyal to him so you see people with more weapons on gadhafi's side and will use them against the rebels. this will turn to a wider civil war where even gadhafi can't predict what's going to happen. if the united states and others are going to arm the rebels, he's going to have to keep the pressure up on the rebels and he's going to have to arm the population that will support him. those oil installations that the rebels have just taken over the last few days piers. >> nic robertson, i want t
CNN
Mar 5, 2011 1:00pm EST
budget crises of their own leading to angry protests about the future role of unions in america. and throughout the world uprisings in north africa and the middle east sending oil prices surging. stephen moore joins me now. one issue at a time. >> okay. >> when these protests in state capitols subside, will unions, which have been weakened over the last 30 years in america, will they come out stronger or weaker? >> well, i don't view this as an assault against the unions but i do think this is a really important fight for the future of finances of state and local governments across the country. one of the things i try to tell viewers is this isn't just about wisconsin. what's happening in madison. this is about what is likely to happen in many, many states if they don't get their public pensions and their public health care under control. and so i think the stakes are really high here, ali. i think in the end that these legislate tours are going to do the right thing. >> sorry, do the right thing, do the right thing, you mean go ahead with these plans that some people call union
CNN
Mar 28, 2011 7:00pm EDT
states of america. and if the european allies and nato cannot manage to pursue this with the same intensity that they have exhibited over the last week, they are likely to call upon the united states to do more and the u.s. will remain part of the coalition. i think that's part of the complexity of this and the contradictions inherit in his policy that the president will have to address this evening. >> nick and david, back with us in a few minutes. how has the coalition military campaign changed the balance of power on the ground in libya? i want to go to the map and look at this. the president does not like the term war when it comes to this. is this a war? is the united states at war? >> well, you talk about war and i think you talk about world war one and i would not use the term "war." the guy on the ground getting shot at, it's like war. >> the president of the united states addresses the american people tonight. i want to close the map and go back here to march 18th. let me close this one down today. this is march 18th. this is the day before it all started. and here's -- y
CNN
Mar 24, 2011 9:00pm EDT
that america is heavily involved but doesn't really want anyone to know that. which seems to be a rather pointless exercise in terms of the p.r. here, isn't it? >> no someone pretending that america is not involved. the announcement of the strategy indicated that we've been providing capability that we are uniquely qualified to provide. but as the days go by, more and more sorties will be carried out by air forces of other countries, more operations will be taken over, our role will become somewhat diminished. still engaged, still involved. obviously, helping to coordinate, but i think that's the transition we're watching. >> it's a very unusual position for american military to find itself in here. no one talking to all the generals in the last few days has really been clear what the mission is to start with. we hear it's costing america a billion dollars on air strikes, which the country can really hardly afford. i mean, isn't it time for some real clarity? and dare i say it, leadership here? >> well, i have to disagree with you there. i think the mission is quite clear. and what the p
CNN
Mar 2, 2011 7:00pm EST
by america or the atlantic pact until think in blood. they know they will be entering hell and in a bath of blood. >> the new bloodshed brought fresh calls for the united states to impose a no-fly zone. on capitol hill this clear explanation from the defense secretary robert gates. >> there's a lot of frankly loose talk about some of these military options and let's just call a spade a spade. a no-fly zone begins within attack on libya to destroy the air defenses. that's the way you do a no-fly zone. >> a closer look at the map and talk more and more about those options and the risks of using u.s. military force in libya in a moment and take a close look at those air defense systems secretary gates just said there would have to be targeted before there could be any no-fly zone. first the latest on what right now on the ground if you look at the map amounts to a civil war playing out in libya. a tense and brutal civil war. these image, the green area controlled by opposition forces. opponents of moammar gadhafi. the red areas controlled by the gadhafi regime. if you had any doubt gadhafi
CNN
Mar 21, 2011 3:00pm EDT
therefore, the main task of latin america is to recover the lost time and tap all of its potential. we have lots of things in common with the u.s., fast, generous territory, homogeneous people, hardworking people. we don't have racial problems that affect some african countries or the wars that are waged in europe nor the religious conflict of europe itself. and therefore latin america is called to compromise or rather commitment with its own fate. and therefore we are looking forward to president obama's words. we are all left-handed. we have many coincidences. we studied in harvard, both of us. we are sportsmen. president obama continues to be a basketball player. i was in my time as well. i think the first lady of the u.s. is very good-looking, and president obama has said the same thing about the first lady of chile. there are plenty of 0 coincidences. but the most important one is the one we'll find this afternoon, and modestly if i could suggest to president obama, we hope to have a partnership that is two -- one where we have all responsibilities and not existentialism becau
CNN
Mar 10, 2011 1:00pm EST
to viewers about that. i nt with a to quickly remind you about a cnn in america special, the fight over the construction of a mosque in the heart of the bible belt. called unwelcome, the muslims next door. debut sunday march 27th at 8:00 p.m. >>> these are not live pictures, this is from earlier. remember the standoff over the budget repair bill that was going to strip workers of bargaining rights, last night the state senate republicans passed the bill on their own after taking out a few fiscal provisions that required a larger quorum. this is how it's going over. not at all well with union members and teachers and other critics and majority lawmakers. late this morning police moved into lock the capitol down. you can see there seems to be a sit-in of some point. they wanteded to clear the protester out, ahead of the vote front of the final assembly which was supposed to happen an hour ago. the wisconsin bill would let public employees negotiate only their wages, not working condition or anything else that a typical union can negotiate. limit pay raises to the inflation rate unless the
CNN
Mar 7, 2011 10:00pm EST
will be back doing auditions with you on america's got talent in the next few weeks. do a quick fist -- >> i'm not touching your water. i know we're on the air. i'd like to be banned now. >> he'll be back. that's it for us tonight and the end of howie mandel's career. >>> piers, thanks. the battle for libya is sin tense phiing, as america considers military action in that country. moammar gadhafi continues to claim victories that do not exist. gadhafi's latest claims, versus the facts on the ground. gadhafi claims they've taken this city of mizrada. you're going to hear from a man who's pinned down there. the small arms and molotov cocktails. they have nothing to fight with, he says, and nothing left to lose. the man you are going to hear from tonight says he's preparing to die. preparing for another fight like the one they had this weekend. [ gunfire ] >> gadhafi continues to spin stories to the world. in a new interview, he claims the uprising is not happening, and cities have been held captive by a few dozen al qaeda fighters, and he claims only small numbers of people have died. >> trans
CNN
Mar 8, 2011 2:00am EST
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CNN
Mar 6, 2011 1:00pm EST
and in america over budgets and politics. nick kristof back from the middle east. eliot spitzer familiar with the problems of balancing budgets. david frum. chrystia freeland. what in the world. we found a nation even more divided than our own. finally we'll take a last look at the ultimate mubarak bling. i'll explain. now, there's an interesting debate about whether the events in the middle east are good for the united states, the west, good for peace and stability, but i think there can be little dispute about whom they are bad for. al qaeda. in fact the arab revolts of 2011 represent a total repudiation of al qaeda's founding ideology. think about it. for 20 years al qaeda has said that the regimes of the arab world and massive dictatorships and the only way to overthrow them is to support al qaeda and its terrorism. then in a few weeks the people of the arab world have overturned two governments by means of nonviolent demonstrations and begun a process reform and revolution that will alter the basic bargain between the ruler and ruled in the middle east. al qaeda insisted that people
CNN
Mar 9, 2011 3:00am EST
? that if america waited, something like iraq, a similar thing would have happened there and you would have avoided the bloodshed and the controversy which reading your fascinating book, you know it's stained many reputations. iraq in particular. when you see tunisia, egypt, libya, do you not wish you'd wade perhaps? >> i think quite the contrary iraq. he's a man who killed hundred of thousands of his own people. the burial grounds are just filled with mass graves. the chances of a popular revolt overthrowing the saddam hussein regime, i think, is very modest. he is -- was a vicious dictator, and i think he would have put it down viciously. now what you're seeing in other places is something quite different. the other hand, what you do have mixed emotions in this sense, you think of the cedar revolution in lebanon and who's in charge there, hezbollah, a terrorist organization, that is not representative of the major fraction of the population. you worry in these other countries, who knows what's going to happen in libya if in fact gadhafi is thrown out. who knows what's going to happen in egypt? >>
CNN
Mar 13, 2011 9:00am EDT
hazard and lessons for america with former fema director james lee witt. and jon kyl, democratic leader dick durbin. i'm candy crowley. and this is "state of the union" i'm. >> i'm joaned by japanese ambassador to the united states, thank you for being here. i know such a difficult time for your country. >> thank you very much for having me. >> give us the latest on these two very troublesome nuclear reactors. what do you know about what is happening? >> you're talking about two nuclear reactor sites in fuc fukushima, number one and number two. we have six reactors we're coping with. two out of the six of them we are putting water in order to cool down. >> sea water. >> sea water. we are trying to take out vapor through filter, to relax the pressure in the container. and we are coping with those issues. >> some of the nuclear experts we've talked to say the sea -- using sea water to cool it really is a last resort. that this does signal that there -- that you are nearing the point where this could be, again, catastrophic, not that there haven't already been catastrophic things happening
CNN
Mar 5, 2011 3:00pm EST
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Mar 7, 2011 9:00pm EST
's lacking from you on "america's got talented." >> you were tweeting her butt is big. >> her friends are here now. >> i love her big butt. i want to cut to the quick now. we've never had five before. what do you make of charlie sheen? let's have a little chat about sheen. julie? >> let me just say this. >> turn to you because your husband happens to run cbs and just fired him. >> let me say this. minutes ago, backstage in your green room, lea asked me would this be a good time to ask to bring back "the king of queens." i said, lea, no comment. >> you don't get involved in this. what's your personal view of charlie? >> i have no comment on it. >> no view of him? >> i do but i have no view on the show about it. >> aren't you allowed to talk about it? no? >> i just think it would be -- it wouldn't be right for any of us to comment about it. i think it's -- >> don't be ridiculous! >> i'm not being ridiculous. >> it's the biggest story in town. >> not to us. we haven't talked about it not once. >> none of you talked about charlie sheen? >> we have not spoken about him on the show not once
CNN
Mar 11, 2011 9:00pm EST
are very grateful to people, america, for extending all the support. the president and secretary clinton has called. the secretaries have issued the statements and a lot of people, politicians as well as people, ngos have been extending cooperation to us. and people are saying they would do everything they can do. and sharing their friendship, and we are very grateful to that. >> well, ambassador, i think the whole world sends its thoughts and condolences and prayers to you and the people of japan. >> yes, yes. >> on this terrible day. we hope that -- >> yes, thank you very much. not only the united states but 50 countries and regions have said that they would like to help us as well, and we are very grateful to that. and we really would like to see that this will be taken care of as soon as possible, yes. >> ambassador, thank you very much indeed for your time. does japan have only hours to avert a nuclear meltdown. >> i'll ask the experts. >>> and coming up, from the christmas tsunami to last year's quake in chile to the latest disaster in japan, what's behind the string of natural cat
CNN
Mar 6, 2011 2:00pm EST
to stop the radicalization within some muslims in america. so it will be interesting to see whether there is any interplay among the two groups today. since the rallies have just begun, impossible to say at this point. >> susan, we'll follow you throughout this hour. insight from a former diplomat akbar ahmed. he said he wants to help guide the direction of these hearings on capitol hill. we'll ask what he means by that. >>> dozens of police officers are being investigated for what they put on facebook. the controversial comments right after this. merica: we created the electricity that powered the alarm clocks and brewed the coffee. we heated the bathwater and gave kelly a cleaner ride to school. cooked the cube steaks and steamed the veggies. entertained dad, and mom, and a neighbor or two. kept watch on the house when they slept. and tomorrow we could do even more. we're cleaner, domestic, abundant and ready now. we're america's natural gas. the smarter power today. learn more at anga.us. basic. preferred. at meineke i have options on oil changes. and now i get free roadside assi
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Mar 21, 2011 1:00pm EDT
now, and they do now that the u.n. resolution passed. now that they're seeing america absolutely involved. up to that stage they did feel that the u.s. by taking so long to try to help how they could push this resolution through was in fact aligning with gadhafi forces. i had a number of libyans come up to me thanking and praising the united nations. many impressed by her attitude, statement as the united nations, and now they do have the sense that they're not in this alone, that the united states is effectively standing with them, that all of these international global leaders are by and large standing with them. randi? >> all right. arwa damon for us in ben gauzgh libya. thank you. >>> the focus of a devastated nation in japan remains on the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant and two hot reactors in particular. to gray smoke billowed from react 3 even after 1,000 tons of water was sprayed from fire trucks and cranes to try to keep fuel rods cooled. we haven't heard of new explosions on either site. on a hopeful side, all six hooked up to power cables but only two have power. that
CNN
Mar 10, 2011 6:00am EST
here in america. king flat out says he doesn't care if it's politically correct. the main witnesses that we're going to see that he's invited are family members of those inspired to get into terrorism. and also an american muslim that will talk about the culture of his community. t.j., last night, eight democrats on this committee wrote king asking him to cancel the hearing, saying it too narrowly singles out the community. listen to eric holder. >> we don't want to stigmatize, we don't want to alienate entire communities. we need to focus on individuals or groups of individuals, who might band together and who would try to harm american interests or american citizens. that is what this justice department is doing. >> now, i spoke with congressman king last night, he insists he does not want to demonize the muslim-american community. he also said, look if my job is to look for radicalization from al qaeda, where else am i going to look? one of the issues that king says drives him a report that he gets from his friends and law enforcement community at home in new york and around the
CNN
Mar 7, 2011 1:00pm EST
'll see top to bottom coverage right here on cnn. i also want to draw your attention to a cnn in america special, "unwelcome: the muslims next door." soledad o'brien chronicles the dramatic fight over the building of a mosque in the heart of the bible belt. her special report airs sunday, march 27th at 8:00 p.m. eastern only on cnn. >>> on to other stories now, starting with the libyan civil war. pro-government troops appear to have taken on bin jawad. medical sources tell cnn at least five people were killed there yesterday. and air strike today targeted the main road into ras lanuf. an oil town that remains in the control of the opposition. in fact, many of the pipes, the pipelines in libya, lead to ras lanuf and shipped out. opposition forces responded with anti-aircraft fire. witnesses tell cnn that opposition forces also remain in control of misrata. seeing it here. a doctor says at least 42 people were killed there on sunday. >>> a supreme court ruling announced today gives a texas death row inmate another chance to prove his innocence. in a 6-3 decision, the court ruled that dna e
CNN
Mar 7, 2011 8:00pm EST
is a major energy producer and responsibilities to western nations, to america. gas prices. i think the main reason is humanitarian. this is strategic part out mediterranean. i think we also as america needs to associate ourselves with a democratic protester movements that are emerging in the middle east, in egypt and bahrain. all across the middle east and yemen.ening now in libya. it is in the security interest to be associated with this kind of important political change, and america stands for values, for democracy and this is the best way to express it. >> governor richardson, will cane here. i have been asking this question as eliot suggested. why? why should we go in to libya and intervene there? you suggested the plain rain is humanitarian purposes. bodies are piling up. mass graves dug. refugees are fleeing out of the country and a dictator not bending to the will of the people but the situation is going on in the ivory coast and trying to figure out what exactly is special about libya, why are we going to libya? >> well, i think in the ivory coast you've got a situation where there
CNN
Mar 21, 2011 5:00pm EDT
a change in attitude amongst opposition members toward america, now they do believe is firmly behind them. this is the kind of legitimacy they are looking for, especially as they share the same goal at the end of the day. they want to see gadhafi removed from power. they don't necessarily want to see that taking place by some sort of an air strike, they want to be the ones to do it themselves. >> arwa, we'll stay in close toich with you as well. >>> there are now new warnings that a bloodless coup may be in the works in yemen. we're getting late word of a possible deal, stand by. >>> president obama already setting the stage for the next phase of the mission against libya. and america's role in it. we'll find out if there's any new light on why smoke has been spewing from two krip emed nuclear reactors in japan. ♪ when it's planes in the sky ♪ ♪ for a chain of supply, that's logistics ♪ ♪ when the parts for the line ♪ ♪ come precisely on time ♪ that's logistics ♪ ♪ a continuous link, that is always in sync ♪ ♪ that's logistics ♪ ♪ there will be no more stress
CNN
Mar 7, 2011 9:00am EST
kabul and washington. >>> this week congress takes a closer look at radical islam in america. the muslim community says it is being singled out, demonized, in fact, for the acts of a few. we asked a muslim woman whose son was killed on 9/11 what she thinks. >>> nhl fights are part of the game but at what skos of the players. researchers have looked into the brain of a former enforcer and found evidence of trauma. >>> who will kate middleton be wearing when she says "i do"? the princess may share a look with lady gaga. we'll explain. >>> this week congress holds hearings on radical islams in america. peter king thinks al qaeda is recruiting and the muslim community isn't cooperating with authorities. king thinks the government needs to investigate. >> i have said the overwhelming majority of muslims are outstanding americans. but there is an effort to radicalize elements within the islamic community. right now there is an effort, this suspect just me, this is eric holder who says he worries about young muslim men being radicalized. >> protesters showed up in the rain to denounce the heari
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Mar 27, 2011 3:00pm EDT
is an writer for "the wall street journal." this president watched up his trip to latden america with his attention focused on the rest of the world. what does it do for his ability to lead in the united states on vital issues that remain domestically? job creation, the budget, the deficit? >> one of the interesting things about history is that presidents come into office concentrating on domestic issues. so many times get involved in military conflicts. inme it was true of woodrow wilson and franklin roosevelt and lyndon johnson who was trying to do the great society and we had the vietnam war. so the president i think is somewhat distracted. but he can't be too distracted, because it's very clear to me that to voters, what matters most is not what's happening in libya or what's happening in iraq or what's happening in rio, but what's happening at home. they want jobs. and of course, don't forget, ali, two weeks from now we're going to be talking about a potential government shutdown to deal with the budget crisis. >> i want to bring in benjamin barber who is the author of "jihad versus
CNN
Mar 10, 2011 9:00am EST
on radical islam in america. the house homeland security committee will listen to testimony. congressman peter king will lead the way. he wants to know more about how muslims in the u.s. are being turned into dangerous radicals. critics say he is unfairly singling out an entire community. we are covering the angles. you can believe it. you will definitely believe it. senior congressional correspondent dana bash has talked with king about why he thinks these hearings are needed and why he won't cave into his critics and one thing you definitely will hear. dana, this isn't the first time the hearings on radicalization hearings have happened since 9/11. explain why this hearing has gotten so much controversy this time around. >> reporter: you're exactly right, kate. on the senate side of the capitol. joe lieberman held half a dozen at least hearings. but he approached it in a different way. he called them things like looking at violent islamist extremism. different tone and different tenor that pete king is setting in calling his hearings looking at radicalization of muslims in america. tho
CNN
Mar 10, 2011 8:00pm EST
seem to realize that there will be no quick or meaningful intervention from america or the international community. and they are attacking opposition cities with impunity. the question tonight -- is it too late to stop gadhafi's violent attack on his own people? first, our regulars, e.d. hill and will cain. >> it was amazing to see the wisconsin state capitol on lockdown last night like a prison. police clearing angry protesters from the building. something seems to be completely lost -- i think it's important to know that collective bargaining is not a right, it's a privilege. >> and i've been looking at congressman king's hearings on the extent of radicalization in the american community. and i looked at statistics on the department of justice web site and saw this over 400 convictions for terrorist acts prosecuted since september 11. the vast majority related in some way to islamic terrorism. and i think we've got to talk about this. >> all right. amazing amount of stuff going on. a lot to talk about. first to the latest on libya. i want you to hear what one of ou
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Mar 15, 2011 9:00pm EDT
behind america's nuclear problem, why are you confident this is the right way to go? >> the main thing i've said is not that, but it's way too early to know. we don't have the facts and we need to base our future decisions on facts and science, not on ideology or hysteria. so that's the main thing i've said. the second thing i've said is, look, we have an ongoing crisis going on in japan. and we should first focus on that ongoing crisis and help and pray for the japanese. unfortunately, some folks around here want to use any ongoing crisis to immediately try to advance their pre-existing political agenda rather than first deal with the crisis and secondly actually gather the facts. >> you can hardly blame them. what we've seen here is not only one of the biggest affects that we've ever seen. a terrible tsunami. and some very serious damage to these nuclear reactors in japan. and it's pretty obvious, isn't it, that in america people are going to say, hieng, what aboant lots of reactors, many by the sea. what's going to happen if the same thing happens here? >> it's an obvious question. i
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Mar 21, 2011 9:00pm EDT
by force. >> what is the end game? how does america and the allied forces with america it shall how do they declare victory? >> it's a great question. i raised the question yesterday. if i were still in uniform or still with the cia, the first question i would ask of the political leeadership of the country is how do i know when i am done? i don't think the question has been adequately answered to date. >> also, finally, general. it seems to me that the military not just of america but other countries like britain, france and so on are already getting very stretched. we see that iraq has operations going on. afghanistan clearly has. how far can the american military go if, say, these revolutions spread to places like yemen, syria and other countries? where does it stop? >> that brings up a great question, piers. if we decide to intervene in libya, why not yemen or anywhere else? that's the first important question. i think -- and admiral mu will, len was clear in discussing the first days and hours of the operation. we have adequate forces to do what we have been asked to do to date. f
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Mar 23, 2011 4:00am EDT
. >>> and it was once the engine of america. we bring you the startling new figures on detroit's mass population exodus. before all of that, we want to update you on the situation now in japan. black smoke has been seen rising out of the fukushima daichi plant number three reactor building. this is the reactor that has been giving crew there's some trouble the past couple of days. tokyo electric power company says some workers have been evacuated from the plant. we will have more on that from tokyo a bit later on in the show. nina? >> pauline, let's turn our attention towards libya, where coalition bombs and missiles continue to rain down. aircraft like this u.s. marine corps harrier jet have flown more than 212 missions so far against the libyan forces. ships in the mediterranean has launched more than 160 tomahawk cruise missiles. in the daylight the damage is becoming clear. this is what is left of several large rocket launchers, trucks and also other military hardware in tripoli's port area. far to the east, a u.s. fighter plane crashed due to mechanical problems. that happened near the opposition
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Mar 26, 2011 1:00pm EDT
a low point, families in america lost a quarter of their wealth. the result of the recession and result of an overheated housing market. how long can he afford to be engaged in anything else other than economic problems? whenever i tweet anything out about the president and libya or the middle east i get responses from people saying what's he doing about unemployment at home? >> he's probably got two hours to get focused on the united states. the reality is we know most americans are focused on understandably domestic issues, their jobs, their houses. while they can get excited for an hour about a war abroad, about taking down a dictator, in the long-term, what they really care about is their own jobs. so i think this is going to be a very real problem for him. many presidents, when they're in trouble, like the distractions of foreign policy because it takes them away from the domestic problems that give them trouble. but in this case this president's got to deal on the ground with domestic issues, and i fear that the libyan crisis, aside from other problems we can talk about in libya i
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Mar 30, 2011 11:00am EDT
is six miles from the plant. it has been in the news since the earthquake and tsunami. america's top nuclear regulator is just back from japan answering questions on capitol hill right now. he promised to take action if the japanese pointed to short comings at the united states plants. this is leading to a question of nuclear storage sites for spent fuel to get them away from reactors. >>> the syrian president did not deliver on government reforms in a speech to parliament today. there was wide speculation that he would rollback the 1963 emergency law which gave also broad arrest powers. protesters have demanded reforms. >> translator: we are now with our conspiracy. worldwide conspiracy. this depends on what is happening in the arab world. >> so take a look at this video here. it really illustrates the frustration many are feeling. you see security officers swarming around a woman after she lungs at president assad's car. he was leaving parliament. it really is unclear what the motivation was for all of this. >>> libyan rebels are pulling back today giving ground now to moammar gadh
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Mar 29, 2011 8:00pm EDT
history. we'll talk about whether this makes any sense. >> biggest company in america, biggest employer in america, now maybe the biggest lawsuit in america. interesting stuff. >>> now to our top story tonight -- with everything happening in libya, it's been days since we've talked about japan. but i have to tell you tonight, the situation there is perhaps more critical than it has been at any point since that terrible earthquake and tsunami almost three weeks ago. most experts now believe three of the six reactors have had partial meltdowns, again, three meltdowns. there are just 500 workers there waging a heroic battle to limit the scope this ongoing catastrophe. workers are cut off from the world, working 12-hour shifts in hazardous, potentially lethal conditions. they often sleep on leaded mats to protect them from radiation. there's little food available, some workers are said to be living on crackers. listen to this e-mail sent by one of the workers -- "crying is useless. if we're in hell now, all we can do is crawl up toward heaven." many of these workers come from the region har
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Mar 10, 2011 2:00am EST
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Mar 2, 2011 12:00am EST
of the old guard, we're going to do thing our way now? if that is the case, is this good for america and the west? >> well, to your question about whether it's anti-american or whether it's the people here themselves, it is the people in this region themselves. it's the young people. nowhere do we hear anything about the foreign policy, about the traditional angst that this region has, for instance, over palestinians and israelis and blaming the u.s. policy for all of this. nowhere is it about u.s. foreign policy. it is all about their desires. in fact, they say even in benghazi, which is held by the opposition, we do not want any foreign intervention. this is our movement. this is our moment. and they're very, very clear about that. >> as always, a brilliant insight into what's going on. thank you very much. >> thank you, piers. >>> coming up, is hollywood's top dog, harvey weinstein, his reaction to his win and charlie sheen's meltdown. yellowbook has always been good for business. but these days you need more than the book. you need website development, 1-on-1 marketing advice, se
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Mar 6, 2011 12:00pm EST
appreciate your insight. >>> we'll try to get into the minds of republican hopefuls. somewhere in america, there's a doctor who can peer into the future. there's a nurse who can access in an instant every patient's past. and because the whole hospital's working together, there's a family who can breathe easy, right now. somewhere in america, we've already answered some of the nation's toughest healthcare questions. and the over 60,000 people of siemens are ready to do it again. siemens. answers. >>> joining me now to talk presidential politics, two men who have had firsthand experience on the campaign trail. republican lamar alexander ran for his party's nomination twice in the 1996 and 2000 election. and bill richards was presidential candidate in 20 08. i don't know if that seemed like a long time ago or short time ago, but i know you remember it well. so, let me ask you first, when you look at just the general state of play in the presidential field, we're looking at a president likely to not have any serious -- any serious competition in the primaries and then a wide open republican f
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Mar 20, 2011 12:00pm EDT
sure gadhafi does go, america's credibility and prestige suffers all over the world. i had the opportunity -- >> we can't afford to let him stay in office? >> we can't afford to let him stay in office. i want to say, too, the first people that asked john and me to please do something to help the opposition to gadhafi and libya were the students, the young people, who led the uprising in egypt. they see gadhafi's targets in libya as their brothers and sisters in this arab spring. and if gadhafi survives, the arab spring maybe comes to an end, at least it doesn't move beyond tunisia and egypt. >> on a tactical level, he is acting land, sea and air. we can take out the air and sea component of that very quickly. this is ideal terrain for air power. this is made for aviators. and so i think with significant air assets we can have a really big impact. now, how quickly we can move back and get him out, i think it's going to be a matter of time. >> and by that, you mean months? because what you're doing really is -- >> you see, there's so much got to go with morale and momentum. i
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